The Communications Office of the Irish bishops has demanded a full apology and retraction from radio presenter Ray D’Arcy after he told listeners “the Catholic Church, in many ways, has fucked up this country”.
In his letter to station bosses, [Catholic communications chief Martin] Long said: “Mr D’Arcy’s statement is grossly offensive and factually inaccurate. All those who hold the Catholic faith dear are deeply insulted by this appalling language.
“By any objective or subjective measure, lay and religious members of the Catholic Church have and continue to contribute to the common good of our society, particularly in the areas of poverty, social justice, health and education.
Long has demanded that the station and presenter retract the “insulting” and “offensive” comment on air tomorrow.
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